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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: White Lines by Jennifer Banash (Putnam Juvenile)

I have some super exciting news to share with you today! The fabulous people from Penguin USA asked me to take part in the cover reveal for White Lines by Jennifer Banash - and what a cover reveal that is! I have a beautiful cover art to share with you today, a completely fascinating excerpt (be sure to read it, it's amazing!), a great author interview with Jennifer Banash, and... wait for it... a GIVEAWAY! And guess what?! It's International!!! Are you excited yet?! I know I am! (Please note, this book doesn't come out until April 2013 - what a fantastic opportunity to read it early!)

Here's the fabulous cover art and book info!


Title: White Lines
Author: Jennifer Banash

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Synopsis:
A gritty, atmospheric coming-of-age tale set in New York’s Lower East Side 

Seventeen-year-old Cat is living every teenager’s dream—she has her own apartment on New York’s Lower East Side and at night she’s club kid royalty, guarding the velvet rope at some of the hottest clubs in the city. The night with its crazy, frenetic, high-inducing energy—the pulsing beat of the music, the radiant, joyful people and those seductive white lines that can ease all pain—is when Cat truly lives. But her daytime, when her real life occurs, is more nightmare than dream.

The sounds of the city grate against Cat’s nerves, she shrinks away from human touch, and can barely think the words “I love you” even when she feels them. Having spent years suffering her mother’s emotional and physical abuse, and abandoned by her father who’s found happiness in another woman, Cat is terrified and alone—unable to connect to anyone or anything. But then someone comes along who makes her want to stop escaping her life and actually live it, only she’ll need to summon the courage to confront her demons and take control of a life already spinning dangerously out of control. Both poignant and raw, White Lines is a gripping tale and the reader won’t want to look away.
Excerpt from White Lines:

THREE 

I’M SITTING ON THE STONE STEPS at school, pretending to en­joy an apple that I bought from an Asian grocery a few blocks over, when all I’m really thinking about is how long I have left until I can go home and start getting ready for the club, every stroke of makeup on my skin sliding me further from daylight. I tongue the white flesh and sink my teeth in, wishing the ripe fruit was the tanned blond head of one of the salad girls. 

Since Manhattan Prep is housed in a brownstone and has a population of only one hundred students or fewer in the entire school, we don’t have a cafeteria. Or a prom. Or dances. Or phys ed. Instead, the Park Avenue girls buy salads at a cafeteria next door and sit in the glass atrium picking at their wilted greens, retouching their lip gloss with sticky pink wands. Even though we are all essentially weird in some way— after all, this is a school for kids who have gotten into some kind of trouble—it’s not enough to banish cliques completely. We still have the same bullshit categories as any other school: the jocks, the popular girls, the nerds. And the untouchables. 

Like me. It goes without saying that nobody wants to have lunch with the weirdo who goes to clubs all the way down­town every night, so I sit on the steps and try to pretend that it doesn’t matter, when really, I’d do just about anything to have a friend here. This silent admission makes my cheeks flush with shame. How can I be so weak? Even at Nightingale, I only ever really had Sara, her blond curls hanging over my shoulder, elaborately folded notes tossed at my feet during study hall. Somehow, it was almost enough. But here, with no one to talk to day after day, the loneliness creeps in like an old friend I no longer want to know. Worse yet, it wants to make small talk. Oh, it’s you again? How’ve you been? 

Across the street, Julian, the new kid, sits on the curb in front of Ray’s Pizza, a slice dangling from one hand. As he brings the pizza to his lips, the cheese falls off in one giant greasy slide to his lap. Julian has long dark hair that hangs to his shoulders and looks as if it hasn’t made friends with soap or water in days. His skin is the color of cafĂ© au lait, and there’s something about the tilt of his eyes that makes me think he’s vaguely Asian. He wears jeans so tight that I’m sure years from now he’ll be sit­ting in some clinic with his frosty blond wife, stammering that he has no idea WHY they’ve had such a difficult time starting a family. All I know about Julian is that (a) he sits right across the aisle from me in history class, and (b) he transferred from Dalton last week after some kind of scandal involving his ex-girlfriend, and (c) he’s totally into the Ramones. He doesn’t talk to anyone, and never raises his hand in class, just stares down at his binder and scribbles what looks like pictures of Transform­ers on the cover with a black pen. 

Julian finishes scraping melted cheese off his jeans and looks up, an irritated expression clouding his face. When his eyes meet mine, I feel a rough shock of recognition between us and raise my apple core in a kind of demented greeting, the air suddenly as thick as pudding. Julian tosses me a curt nod and promptly goes back to stuffing the rest of the slice into his mouth, gnawing hungrily at the edges of the crust, watching me all the while. Even though I love staring, and I think that generally other people’s lives are way more interest­ing than TV, I feel uneasy as Julian’s eyes lock on to mine. My face burns as he chews the last bite and brushes his hands against his black jeans before walking toward me. I turn the apple core over and over between my palms, my heart careen­ing in my chest as he approaches, glad that my hands have something to do even if the core is damp, sticky, and turning browner by the minute. As Julian moves closer, I can’t help but notice how he shakes the hair from his eyes with one ex­pert, jagged motion, how his hazel eyes change from green to brown in the light His skin is smooth and slightly bronzed, as if he’s just returned from some exotic locale. He tilts his chin in my direction defiantly, his eyes flicking coolly over my body, taking me in. 

“See something you like?” He raises one dark eyebrow, and I feel like I’m going to spontaneously combust, which is what always happens when someone potentially interesting talks to me in the real world—especially if that person happens to be a guy. And up close, Julian is definitely interesting—though it makes my stomach churn spasmodically to even think the word to myself. People are dangerous, unpredictable. I know this implicitly, and every time I come into contact with them, I become a caged animal, a panther pacing back and forth behind steel bars, wary and agitated. 

“Yeah,” I stammer, turning redder by the second and wish­ing that a manhole would just open up and swallow me whole. I look down at my black boots and scramble for something to say, my brain a jumble of images, none that entirely make sense. “Your pizza—I was just . . . hungry.” 

The minute the words leave my lips, I know they are the truth. My stomach begins to growl loudly as if in agreement, and I look up into Julian’s amused face and laugh, my voice echoing in the street, too loud, even with the noise of a pass­ing bus belching a thick cloud of black smoke. As the sound vibrates through me, jolting me into the present, I realize that it’s been forever since I’ve laughed at something legitimately funny or awkward without being prompted by the ingestion of some mind-altering substance. Still, I can’t quite turn off that ever-present voice inside my head, the one that holds up an in­visible hand to stop me from going further, from moving closer. 

People are dangerous . . . 

“Well,” Julian says, laughing along with me and holding out a hand, “that’s remedied easily enough. C’mon.” 

I stare at his hand, the long fingers, and look into his eyes, which I can now see are flecked with gold. I toss my apple core to the concrete and take hold of him, ignoring the voice that begins, even now, to protest more loudly, whispering like a flock of ruffled birds, Don’t touch, don’t trust. I draw a deep breath and follow him blindly across the street, unsure of where I’m being taken.



Author interview with Jennifer Banash:

1. Welcome to Bookish Jennifer, thank you so much for joining us here today! Could start by telling us a little bit about yourself and your upcoming novel, White Lines?

Sure! I'm a YA author, and I also teach 11th and 12th grade English at a private school in Los Angeles. I'm also the author of a three-book series called THE ELITE, that was published by Berkely Jam a few years ago.

2. Could you tell us about the inspiration behind your novel?

I grew up in NYC in the late 1980's, and worked as a club kid while I was finishing high school, just like the protagonist of my novel, Cat. I wanted to write a gritty, realistic story that took place during that time period as it holds a lot of special memories for me. New York is a very different city now--almost sanitized--and I wanted to recapture some of its "dirtier" history, so to speak :) 

3. Which part of White Lines would you say was the most difficult for you to write?

All of it! It was a pretty intense, emotional roller coaster of a project. The writing itself took me almost three years, which in the YA terms is just about a millennium :) Thankfully I had a great agent who stuck with me, and never told me to just hurry up and finish.

4. If your book had a soundtrack to accompany it, what songs would be on it?

New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle," Nena Cherry's "Buffalo Stance," Grandmaster Flash's "The Message," Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's "It Takes Two," and Jane's Addiction's "I Would For You."

5. Do you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser? 

Definitely a pantser! I never plot out my books, just let the characters take me where they want to go, which most of the time works out well in the end, but there have been times when it's been a bit of a fustercluck :)

Jennifer, thank you so much for joining us here today! Your book sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it! :)

GIVEAWAY

Penguin USA has generously offered to give away one copy of White Lines by Jennifer Banash

The giveaway is open to WORLD WIDE entrants as long as you have UPS service in your country (please be sure to check before you enter!)

Ends: July 20th

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52 comments:

Ems said...

I think it's really fantastic that Jennifer is currently an English teacher. I kind of feel like being an author gives her an edge with the students and would make her classes awesome.

Also loving the book soundtrack!

Lili said...

I like how she considers herself a pantser. I am not a plotter either. The whole point of writing is to let the characters tell you their story. They dictate what happens with their own lives.

Great interview and thank you for the giveaway!

Meg S said...

I love this cover. I would have picked this book up based on that alone!

Patricia's Particularity said...

I honestly would not have guessed what this book was about just based on the cover - it looks like the book is about something completely different if you just look at the cover. However, that being said, I didn't know anything about club kids - this sounds rather interesting. I love how the author is using her own experiences as inspiration - that tends to make the book that much more intriguing!!

starryblue said...

I like the inspiration behind the book. It's always wonderful how the author came with the idea to write their story. Thank you for the giveaway.

Jessie Marie said...

White Lines sounds so awesome. I'm seriously excited for it. A gritty side of a city I love? Yes please!

I won't read the excerpt cause I'm afraid that will over entice me and with almost a year to the release, I can't handle that! Haha. I know I'll want, need, crave all of it for reading just that little bit.

Loved the interview with Jennifer Banash. Writing about something you really, actually know makes a story so much more real and appealing. Very excited about White Lines.

Thanks for the awesome cover reveal and the giveaway!

ninetyninepages said...

Such a long time to wait for a book that had be hooked from the first paragraph! The writing is ah-ma-zing! Think if we signed a petition, they'd move the pub date up? ;)

This is definitely moving to the top of my to-read pile as soon as I can get my hands on it!

Thanks for the cover reveal and giveaway!

jenniferbanash said...

@ninetyninepages: You could try! I've been trying to get my editor to move the pub date forever, but Putnam wants a long lead time for this one!

Yiota said...

I have to say the cover is gorgeous! One of those that make you get the book without the summary but after the excerpt i see it's really good in the story aspect too :D

Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

stargirl :) said...

i did not know this book, but it looks very good

Gorelenore said...

This is a beautiful cover! I look forward to picking it up when it's available. Thank you for the giveaway!

Liviania said...

I liked The Elite series so I'm really looking forward to this one. Fantastic excerpt!

Liene said...

That it's set in NYC has got me interested, my sister is living there.

LisaILJ said...

That playlist sounds awesome. I have half those songs running through my head now.

Bethie said...

I love the playlist. Thanks for the giveaway.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Tara said...

I love the synopsis of this book - sounds really interesting! Really looking forward to it! Thanks for the giveaway!

FreakChiq said...

White Lines sounds like a gripping read and I really like the cover. I'm looking forward to it!

Thanks for the chance! :)

Jessica S. said...

The premise of this novel sounds great, and the fact that it was inspired by real life even better. I always adore coming-of-age novels and I haven't read any that take place around clubs, so this one would be a real treat! I must look up all that music (the music behind stories always adds a new feel to the story while reading it). I always have respect for authors that can just write and not have to plot. Especially when the writing is amazing.

Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the book! I would be super excited to win. :)

molly.frenzel said...

I love the premise of this book and the fact that its loosely based on the author's life. Ooooo, so dying to read it!

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

Wow, how have I NOT heard of this one? I read both the synopsis and excerpt...and I'm SO going to need this book in my life. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention, Evie, and for the giveaway! As a few others have said, it's kinda awesome that the author is a teacher!

Shae Carcar said...

I've heard of this book around the blogosphere recently and have to say that I'm definitely intrigued. The main character seems like a total bad ass from that excerpt which I like lol so thanks so much for the giveaway!

Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

marybelle said...

WHITE LINES does look interesting.

Badass Bookie said...

Firstly, the novel sounds absolutely AMAZING! Club Kid Royalty??? This girl sounds badass! Secondly, great interview, I must check out the playlist ! :)

Madalina's Books said...

I love the cover and the synopsis. This book sounds awesome. Great interview :).
Thank you for this amazing giveaway and for making it international.

Maidenveil said...

The cover is very intriguing as well as the plot. Will wait for this one!

Na said...

This has such an interesting premise and different from my usual reads. Sounds good!

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

Your method of writing is just the opposite of mine and, perhaps, that's why it's so much easier for me to write nonfiction. I have to have a plot or an outline of the action before I can write a scene. Guess I need to know the outcome before writing the action!

Kaitlyn Weaver said...

It's a catching cover, and it sounds like a really great read. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

Kristie Matheson said...

This looks like a great read. A realistic look on what a struggling teen lives through living in the big city.

pdecker said...

This book looks very interesting.

Lyns said...

I love the cover and the excerpt. This book is going my anxiously awaiting tbr list! It sounds like an amazing book. I also like your interview. Its good to hear about an author who is willing to take her time in writing & that she has a life other than being an author. Its reassuring for those of u trying ou hand at it & its taking a while. Life goes crazy sometimes lol. I'm excited to read this book!

Bookish in a Box said...

Based on the blurb, the gritty '80s backdrop sounds perfect. Hopefully Cat's story mirrors NYC's and has a happy ending.

Steph said...

Thanks for introducing me to this book! I hadn't heard of it before now, but after reading the excerpt, it's definitely going on my TBR wishlist!

.papergirl said...

This looks like an awesome read! I think its neat how she's also a teacher! Thank you for the entries :D
Email: contestwpggirl at mymts.net

Rebecca said...

SO glad for all these cover reveals because it introduced to White which sounds AMAZING; I love a gritty contemporary every now and then!

Thanks for the interview and giveaway! :)

Gaby said...

OMG I'm dying to read this book ever since I saw the cover I was like "oh wow I wonder what this is about" and when I actually read the summary I was like "Wow I have to put this in my TRL"

Gaby said...

Forgot to put in my facebook name (Gaby Paniagua)

Filia Oktarina said...

Look interesting, and i like the excerpt. Will wait for read this one!
Thanks for sharing :)

nurmawati djuhawan said...

the cover is full mystery...i think i will enjoy to read this book...
thx u so much...

Twisty J said...

This really sounds like an interesting read, showing the darker side of 'having it all'. Thanks for the great feature!

Chapter by Chapter said...

The cover, the synopsis, everything (!) looks and sounds so good! I can't wait to read it :) Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Nicole said...

I don't really like this cover at all, But the description has really intrigued me! Sounds Like a coming of age novel and those are my favourite.

Cari-Bella Creations said...

I'm feverishly taking notes of all the books I want to buy for my classroom library. I can't wait to share these books with my students!

Alessandra @Out of the Blue said...

This sounds like a very interesting book. I'm quite intrigued that it's set in the '80s.

Tiffany Mahaffy said...

Excerpt was wonderful and has me kind of hooked. I have started becoming drawn to contemporary novels especially ones that seem like they will be emotional powerhouses! I am looking forward to being able to get my hands on this one!

Tiffany Drew said...

If I saw this book in the store, there is no doubt in my mind that I would buy a copy. I love the cover, the purple font over the grey is gorgeous, and I am a sucker for family drama. I'm desperately crossing my fingers in hopes of winning a copy, but even if I don't, I'll be buying one for sure.

andrea b said...

I really like the cover, but I'm sold on the setting (NYC in the 80s). It's not my time (I was born in the late 80s!), but I'm still very curious about it!

thanks for sharing the interview and for the giveaway!

missymyt said...

This book sounds really interesting! I would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

My favorite song on the soundtrack is It Takes Two! haha I just started singing the song in that funny voice in my head. Love it! Great interview Evie!

Thanks for the giveaway :)

Jess Ramos said...

Well I must say I really want to read this book. From the little bit we see, its already captivating. Cant wait to read it. !

Kayla said...

Ah that's awesome that it's set in the 80's. Makes a change to all the modern books these days :) Thanks for the giveaway! :D

AmelArmeliana said...

I'm so late knowing about this giveaway :(

No doubt, I really want to read this book. The story sounds great and the cover is awesome.

Thank u for this giveaway and making it international.

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